Every corps de ballet has a few bright standouts. Here are 10 young dancers on the rise. Norika Matsuyama San Francisco Ballet Norika Matsuyama recently finished her second year in San Francisco Ballet’s corps, but her repertoire already looks like a veteran soloist’s: Cupid in Don Quixote, a solo Wili and Shade, Balanchine’s Theme and … More »
Ever wonder what life is like as a corps de ballet dancer in a major company? While principals and soloists get all of the glory, dancing in the corps has a special beauty all its own—and takes just as much work. Isabel Garcìa, a dancer with the National Dance Company of Mexico, spoke with Caroline … More »
Amanda Assucena, Joffrey Ballet Not many first-year company members get the chance to perform a principal role, let alone two—but last season, the Joffrey Ballet’s Amanda Assucena did just that. In addition to dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company’s production of The Nutcracker, Assucena, then 19, was cast as the lead in Krzysztof … More »
Pointe is on the hunt: We’re searching companies across the globe for today’s most promising corps de ballet dancers—and we want your input! Which up-and-comers do you think are destined for stardom? Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a list in the comments here or on Facebook, or shoot us a Tweet. We’ll read every nomination to decide who to include in an exclusive feature in Pointe‘s June/July issue.
I went to see NYCB again on Saturday, and was treated to another performance of Balanchine’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, which is a vehicle for the company’s very young, very hungry corps de ballet. I saw this piece for the first time a couple of weeks ago (on the same program as Episodes), and I enjoyed it just as much. It’s Balanchine’s architectural sensibility at its finest–marvelously kaleidoscopic patterns emerge and dissolve constantly, as the eight men and eight women constantly rearran
Ask Keenan McLaren how she felt at the start of her first season with Dayton Ballet in 2005, and she’ll have one word for you: terrified. “I was youngest person in the company, and I didn’t know anyone,” she says. “But I reminded myself that I have a certain level of training, and I wouldn’t … More »